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Springwell School Speech Therapy Assistant


Just a quick message to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about what I do in school.


My name is Cheryl DeCosemo. After working in Springwell School for 8 years as a Teaching Assistant, the opportunity for me to train as a Speech Therapy Assistant became available, and I haven't looked back since. That was 9 years ago now.


My role in school is to liaise with parents and carers, teachers, teaching assistants, NHS speech therapists and any other professionals who may be involved with the child.


I currently have many children on my case load. I see children on a 1-1 basis, group therapy and whole class sessions.


These sessions are structured around the assessments which the child's NHS therapist has carried out.

I try to make each session fun and engaging, no matter what my objectives are. This way the children are eager to join in and learn new strategies to help them with their communication and understanding, without realising.


At the moment my sessions include:

* two focused communication groups

* one peer communication group, which two classes participate in

* two sensory groups

* 1-1 therapy

* three ASD communication groups

* communication aid support around school

* Makaton signing support around school

* Lego therapy

* The Listening Programm

* staff training in Makaton, Eye Gaze, Communicate in Print

* make resources for school, as well as for in the home

and more to be added in September.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me on the school number 01429 280600

I will always try my best to help.



One afternoon every week I get to spend the afternoon with the amazing pupils and staff in Panda Class and Anaconda Class.

I plan a variety of different exciting activities for the children to take part in which enables them to build their skills in areas such as answering questions/asking questions, problem solving, taking turns, attending to an activity which was chosen by a peer, requesting objects, following instructions and much much more.


We try to use Makaton signing as often as we possibly can, as it is a great form of communication.

We signed up to the 'sign of the week' programme which is supplied by the We Talk Makaton charity.

Each week the staff and children will be shown the sign of the week and we all try to use it as much as possible...

Hi my name is Kyra George I have worked at Springwell for over 16 years as a Teaching Assistant. I am a year into my role as Speech and Language Therapy Assistant. I will be working alongside and under the watchful-eye of Cheryl and the NHS Speech Therapists too provide additional support for the children and their families.

We will be participating in; 1 to 1 sessions, small group work and whole class communication groups and hopefully some Makaton singing and signing in the mix to.  

I am really excited to see what this year brings as my first year was full of adventures and new challenges alongside COVID.  


Every Monday The Makaton Charity releases a new sign on their website. Our aim is to learn a new word every week and be inspired to get signing.

06th September 2021. This weeks sign is... the letter R r.


***********STAR OF THE WEEK***********


This young lady has really impressed me this week. Not only has she settled back into school beautifully, she had an amazing session with me and then spent another 15 minutes impressing her NHS Speech therapist during her visit to school. ***WELL DONE ***

THERAPY SESSIONS 13-17th September 2021.